• Brittany Edwards

CNMA Newsletter- November 2022


Hello fellow midwives, student midwives, aspiring midwives, and midwife supporters!

It’s officially election season, and in case you didn’t notice, abortion rights are on the ballot! California voters have the opportunity to enshrine the right to abortion into the California Constitution through Prop 1. Please take the time to vote – your voice matters!

And while we’re at it, your SKILLS matter! Join us this weekend at the annual meeting and pre-meeting abortion workshops! Midwifery is activism, but only if we’ve got the skills–and folks in California NEED trained abortion providers, need trauma-informed equity-driven providers, need providers who are prepared to address environmental justice, and who can catch babies no matter how they make their entrance into this world. Read below about our JUST ANNOUNCED speakers for the annual meetings, and about the abortion workshops, that provide EVERYTHING you need to get started under SB 1375–including template policies and procedures, competency validation documents, and patient handouts. Join us and answer the call!

As always, I’m available by email at parisbury@gmail.com and by text at (805) 415-2553.

In the spirit of service,

Paris Maloof-Bury, CNM, IBCLC

President, California Nurse-Midwives Association


California Reproductive Rights Taskforce

California Attorney General Rob Bonta recently announced the launch of a statewide task force to protect and expand access to abortion and other reproductive healthcare. The California Reproductive Rights Task Force, led by the California Department of Justice (DOJ), is made up of district attorneys, county counsel, and city attorneys from across the state. The task force members will work together using their legal expertise and law enforcement powers to ensure that every corner of California is safe for those seeking or providing reproductive care.The task force launched with 15 founding members, who represent a wide range of populations, geographic locations, and access to reproductive care in California: DOJ, Alameda County District Attorney, Contra Costa District Attorney, Humboldt County District Attorney, Los Angeles City Attorney, Los Angeles County Counsel, Oakland City Attorney, Sacramento City Attorney, San Diego City Attorney, San Diego County District Attorney, San Francisco City Attorney, San Francisco County District Attorney, Santa Barbara County District Attorney, Santa Clara County Counsel, and Yolo County District Attorney. Together, the task force members will use their expertise and enforcement powers to help with:

  • Prosecuting crimes of intimidation and harassment at abortion clinics.

  • Enforcing consumer protection laws against deceptive or unlawful conduct concerning reproductive healthcare.

  • Crafting state and local laws and policies to keep reproductive care providers and patients safe.

  • Protecting abortion-related healthcare information in California from being accessed by out-of-state agencies and persons to punish patients or providers.

  • Reviewing land-use issues to prevent discrimination against reproductive healthcare facilities.

The task force will also meet and collaborate with state and federal agencies, local law enforcement, legislators, reproductive care providers, nonprofits, and academic centers.

Read the full press release here.


Updated ACNM Position Statements

ACNM has released multiple new Position Statements after board approval this fall. ACNM will be updating membership over the next few weeks on the updates, so scroll through and stay tuned for all the new practice documents. Thanks to the members of the Clinical Standards and Documents Committee for all the hard work on these documents. We hope you will use them to support improving the care you provide or want to provide in your workplace.

  • The Position Statement on Breastfeeding/Chestfeeding has been updated to include inclusive language and the latest research to support ACNM's position that the role of the midwife in breastfeeding promotion during the prenatal and postpartum periods is essential.

  • The Position Statement on Hydrotherapy During Labor and Birth has been revised to affirm ACNM's position on water birth with the supporting data that "more than 175,600 water births have been reported in studies worldwide since 2018, and data support hydrotherapy as a safe option for labor and childbirth."

  • The Position Statement on Nitrous Oxide for Labor and Birth Analgesia has also been updated with the latest data to affirm ACNM's support of nitrous oxide. Addressing racial biases in pain management is also addressed, along with the crucial role of midwives in educating pregnant people on their options for pain relief.


Education, Trainings, and Webinars

CNMA Abortion Workshop

Join us on Saturday, November 5, 2022 (the day before our Annual Meeting) for a two part abortion workshop. We’ll cover everything you need to provide medication abortion, manual vacuum aspiration abortion, and telehealth abortion. At the end of this course, you'll have EVERYTHING you need to get started -- including template policies and procedures, competency validation documents, and patient handouts. These trainings meet all of the requirements under SB 1375, allowing nurse-midwives and nurse practitioners to provide first-trimester manual vacuum aspiration abortion care independently in California. People in California NEED trained abortion providers--Please answer the call!

Part 1: Saturday, November 5, 2022, 8 AM - 12 PM. This will be an online didactic course that covers values clarification, options counseling, and medication abortion. $100 / 4 CEUs. Limited to the first 60 registrants. Register here for the ONLINE/ VIRTUAL morning session

Part 2: Saturday, November 5, 2022 8 AM - 12 PM, 1 PM - 5 PM This will be offered in-person at the Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo and will cover manual vacuum aspiration. $100 / 4 CEUs. Limited to the first 40 registrants. We respectfully ask that the in-person portion of training be limited to people who are fully vaccinated.